Carolina Panthers Vs Chicago Bears: The Carolina Panthers’ loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 6
Carolina Panthers Vs Chicago Bears: The Carolina Panthers’ loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 6- Carolina lost one Sunday to the Bears after winning three matches in a row.
The Panthers, who entered Sunday’s game with the sixth-worst offense in the red zone, fought against the No. 1 Red Zone offense in the league. In the Red Zone touchdown chances, Carolina was 1 of 3 and lost to the Bears 23-16.
This is the report card from this week:
D: In Sunday’s game against the Bears, there were some positive moments for Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, including his 39-yard pass in the third quarter to Robby Anderson.
Then there were other not-so-great ones, including the interception he threw on the first possession of the Panthers that was returned to the 9-yard line of the Panthers. The Bears (5-1) turned that into seven points, taking a 7-0 lead early on. And Bridgewater’s interception was tossed straight into coverage on the Panthers’ last run.
D-plus: Running back Mike Davis did not have his best game, facing his former team. On 18 carries and a touchdown, he had 52 yards rushing, but he had his first fumble of the season as well. A Jeremy Chinn interception on the Bears’ next possession negated the fumble.
With a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Davis did make up for it.
Some were bothered by an ankle injury, too. That provided a chance for backup running back Trenton Cannon. With 12 yards on three carries, he concluded.
Bridgewater had a couple of scrambles and a rush planned for one. With 48 yards on eight carries, he concluded.
B-minus: the Panthers (3-3) were good against the pass, but not great. Bears quarterback Nick Foles has found open receivers on occasion. On an 11-yard touchdown in the first quarter, he connected with a tight end, Cole Kmet. Yet he didn’t have many big plays after that.
In the third quarter, Chinn had an interception. Although there were no tackles for the Panthers, Brian Burns’ defensive end pressed Foles and made him rush on some of his passes.
With 198 yards throwing, Foles has done. With a TD and an interception, he completed 23-of-39 passes.
B: With one of the worst rushing offenses in the NFL, Chicago entered the game. The Panthers didn’t encourage them to do much Sunday. Bears running back David Montgomery finished with 58 yards on 19 rushes.
The Panthers were without Kawann Low, one of their best run stoppers. Zach Kerr’s backup defensive tackle filled in well. Late in the fourth quarter, Carolina had a few crucial stops as they attempted to engineer a comeback.
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C: On field-goal attempts Sunday, Panthers kicker Joey Slye was 3 of 4. The miss, though, a 54-yard try, was a significant one. With 6:19 remaining in the third quarter, the field goal would have cut the Bears’ deficit to four points. But the miss gave the Bears, for their next possession, a great field position. Four minutes later, Chicago scored on a drive to take a 20-6 lead.
C-minus: For 69 yards, Carolina committed eight penalties. There were so many fines, and the game ended in a draw.
A few interesting calls were taken by the Panthers coaching staff, such as going for it on fourth-and-3 in the second quarter from the Bears’ 6-yard line. They decided a few plays later after converting to not go for it on fourth-and-2.
Head coach Matt Rhule said on fourth-and-2 he didn’t go for it because he didn’t like the offence was doing well at the time. Instead, the Panthers kicked a 20-yard field goal and reduced the Bears to a 10-6 advantage.
A touchdown may have tied the game.
Look, there are defects in Chicago — a lot of them. Not a strong enough overall offence. A sprint offence, not strong enough, almost. The Line of Offense, Yikes. Inconsistent, the quarterback game.
What can not be questioned is the record of the club after six matches. For the first time since former coach Lovie Smith’s final season in 2012, following Sunday’s 23-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers, the Bears are 5-1.
There were 102 teams starting this season that started 5-1 when the NFL went to 12 playoff teams in 1990, and according to ESPN Stats & Statistics, 85 continued to make the playoffs (83.3 percent).